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Polish bishops debate communion for divorcees

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Nick Hodge 11.03.2015 11:12
The question of whether divorcees who have remarried should be allowed to take Holy Communion is the central issue being discussed during the meeting of the Polish Episcopate on Wednesday.
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The matter provoked lively debate at the Vatican's family synod in October 2014, when archbishops from across the globe gathered at the Holy See.

Father Józef Kloch, press spokesman for the Episcopate, said that Polish bishops are set to hear five addresses by experts from across the country, prior to the main talks on Wednesday.

Conclusions made at the episcopal meeting (likewise those from meetings of Roman Catholic bishops in other countries) will be dispatched to Pope Francis for his consideration.

However, the pontiff will make the final decision independently, with the announcement made during the second session of the synod this autumn.

During an interview on the subject with Argentine daily La Nacion in December 2014, Pope Francis stopped short of a clear-cut declaration on the matter, but said that the Catholic Church should ''open the doors a bit more.''

Divorcees who have remarried are also barred from being godparents, yet the pontiff argued that ''integration is the solution.'' (nh)

Source: IAR

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